Transpark East, Kentucky (Warren County)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Bowling Green area of Warren County in Kentucky.      

This area is served by Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC).  Warren RECC is planning to build the Transpark East, Kentucky 161-kilovolt Substation on the north side of Fred Madison Road in Bowling Green. 

TVA is proposing to build about 2 miles of single-circuit, 161-kilovolt transmission line to the new substation from our East Bowling Green-South Glasgow 161-kilovolt Transmission Line.  The new line would consist primarily of single-pole, steel structures centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

TVA also proposes to build the Interstate 65 161-kilovolt Switching Station north of Interstate 65 on the East Bowling Green-South Glasgow 161-kilovolt Transmission Line.  TVA is proposing two alternative locations for the Interstate 65 Switching Station.

  1. Site 1 would be near Sunnyside Grott Road in Bowling Green, north of Interstate 65 and adjacent to TVA’s existing East Bowling Green-South Glasgow 161-kilovolt Transmission Line, about 0.4 miles north of the intersection of Sunnyside Grott Road and Interstate 65.
  2. Site 2 would be on Goshen Church South Road in Bowling Green, adjacent to TVA’s existing East Bowling Green-South Glasgow 161-kilovolt Transmission Line, about 0.2 miles north of the intersection of Goshen Church South Road and Interstate 65.

TVA will obtain enough land (about 10-12 acres) at the Transpark tap point to ultimately accommodate 5 bays at the switching station in the future.

Additionally, TVA will identify and purchase right of way for future construction of two separate 161-kilovolt double-circuit power lines between the East Bowling Green Switching Station and the proposed Interstate 65 Switching Station.  Both rights of way will be 100 feet wide to accommodate primarily double-circuit, steel-pole structures.

  • One approximately 5-mile-long right of way will begin at the East Bowling Green 161-kilovolt Switching Station and extend to TVA’s proposed Interstate 65 161-kilovolt Switching Station.
  • One approximately 5-mile-long right of way will begin at a point on TVA’s East Bowling Green-South Scottsville 161-kilovolt Transmission Line and extend to the proposed Interstate 65 Switching Station.

There are 40 alternative line segments under consideration for the route of the new transmission line and 2 alternative sites under consideration for the new switching station.

  • 11 segments from the East Bowing Green Switching Station to the Interstate 65 Switching Station
  • 11 segments from the East Bowling Green-LaFayette line to the Interstate 65 Switching Station
  • 18 segments from the Interstate 65 Switching Station to the Transpark East Substation

Property owners near and along the alternative transmission line segments have been invited to a virtual open house by mail – including about 84 property owners representing about 110 parcels.

The virtual open house is available from July 28 through August 29, 2022, at 

tvavirtual.com/transpark

Property owners and members of the public are invited to submit comments and questions about this proposed transmission project through August 29, 2022.

The project is expected to be in service in summer 2025.  Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2024.  (Dates are subject to change -- unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

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Public Involvement

Transpark East, Kentucky Virtual Open House

July 28 – August 29, 2022

tvavirtual.com/transpark

TVA's process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA is interested in receiving comments concerning how this project may affect the environment, historic properties or any other issues associated with this proposal. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record.

If you cannot access the virtual open house but have questions or comments, contact Gina Howard. All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than August 29, 2022. (See contact information below). 

Submit Comments About the Project

Map

The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA (see below).

Possible segments of proposed transmission line

Project Schedule

(Dates are subject to change -- unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Virtual Open House begins July 28, 2022
Comments accepted through August 29, 2022
Determine preferred route for field surveys Early fall 2022
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin Fall 2022
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Winter 2023-2024
Construction is scheduled to begin Summer 2024
Project in service Summer 2025

Environmental Reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplains and wetlands are shown on the referenced map. The map illustrates how the route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands. Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts. Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts. In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Gina Howard
[email protected]
800-362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801